North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Alumni Foundation will provide more than $1 million in scholarships to students this fall. In just six years the NDSCS Scholarship Fund has grown from $400 thousand to more than $1 million.
“Through the generosity of our business and industry partners, alumni, and friends we are able to reduce the up-front costs of attending NDSCS” said Kim Nelson, Executive Director of the NDSCS Alumni Foundation. Nelson also shared that donors’ generosity was amplified through the North Dakota Challenge Grant legislative appropriation that provides a 2-to-1 match for donations up to $25 thousand or more. Since its inception in 2013 the ND Challenge Grant has awarded the NDSCS Alumni Foundation just over $4 million.
NDSCS scholarships are available to all new and returning NDSCS students in all programs and awarded based on a variety of criteria including academic ability, progression toward graduation, students’ programs demographics, and/or hometown. Scholarships benefit all NDSCS students regardless of how they access their learning — at NDSCS Wahpeton, NDSCS Fargo, Online, and/or while they are still in high school through dual credit.
“Higher education is an investment and at NDSCS we are constantly identifying ways to make College more affordable for our students,” said Dr. Jane Vangsness Frisch, Vice President for Student Affairs and Strategy. “We strive to keep costs low and are grateful for generosity shown by our many partners and donors – through this generosity 74% of students Fall 2021 attended tuition-free through scholarships, grants and being sponsored by industry partners.”